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What ‘cool’ Tekken 7 news will Harada & Michael Murray reveal at EVO? Here are some ideas

EVO is upon us ladies and gentlemen. Tekken 7 is upon us as well. So you know what that means? Expect some kind of EVO-worthy announcement. EVO is the largest fighting game tournament in the world. Think about it. It’s taking place in Vegas, finals are going down at the prestigious Mandalay Bay, and Street Fighter V is even being televised on ESPN 2. Enough said.

Before we make some predictions, let’s give a little history lesson.

Last Two EVO’s

Who remembers when Tekken creators Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray announced Tekken 7 at EVO 2014? And that infamous ‘leak’ happened, so Harada had to go back to his hotel room and make a quick trailer? They like to really hype it up!

We would’ve just shown you the official trailer, but it wouldn’t have been as fun to watch without seeing Harada-san tell his story at the beginning.

Last year Tekken 7 was actually the game played at EVO, which helped usher Tekken Tag Tournament 2 out the door for a lot of people. And at that event they announced The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2015 with an $80,000 total prize pot. Of course, the thing everyone really wanted to know was a release date of the game, because it had been plastered all over the internet that that is what would be announced. Not. But still, this KOIFT news was welcomed by many.

Seizing the Moment

When the lights are shining their brightest, Harada and Michael never pass up an opportunity to seize the moment. This wasn’t EVO, but at E3 2012 they took things to another level by bringing Snoop Dogg out, showing the “Knocc Em Down” video and announcing his new stage for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

And now here we are in 2016 with EVO taking place in just three days, July 15-17. We know that Harada-san and Michael will be there. Michael said it in the last Tekken Talk and even just tweeted about it just yesterday.

But that’s not all he said. Also in the last Tekken Talk he eagerly stated, “[there] may be some cool news at EVO. Who knows?” If you know Michael Murray, he is not one to say anything that he wouldn’t want anyone to read into. He has enough going on, which is why he and Harada had those “don’t ask me for sh*t” shirts on.  So for him to make a statement like that, you know some “cool” (cough: huge) news is coming.

What will it be?

What do you think will be announced? A new character? As in, brand-spanking new? I don’t see this as being out of the question. It could happen.

Or maybe the complete roster, which would include the new characters? Not so likely, in my opinion. But, if they want to increase those pre-orders, who knows? Some people may be holding off because their favorite character hasn’t been announced.

One that would get everyone to salivating would be an announcement of a limited-time Tekken 7 beta for those who pre-order the game. Do you think that is possible? This would be welcomed I’m sure, because the announcement of a character is something you just hear about and then have to continue on with your life. But a beta? That would be a game-changer.

What if it’s an announcement of the date The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 along with it’s prize pot? It was $80K last year. What if it’s much more than that this year? Would that be exciting enough? Or does that appeal only to the hardcore Tekken players and not the casuals?

The only other thing I can think of is perhaps a demonstration of how the Tekken 7 will work with Sony VR. I mean, Michael did say some “cool” news. He didn’t say “huge” news. Then again, he could’ve been down-playing it so that his Twitter mentions wouldn’t drain his phone.

We’ll see.

Outside of those things, I don’t know what else would be EVO-worthy. I could think of some things, but not “EVO-worthy” things.

What do you think they will announce, and what do you hope will be announced?

Aziz Peregrino-Brimah aka Zee the CEO | Founder / Editor-in-chief of TekkenGamer | Gaming has been a passion of Zee's since the early days of Atari and ColecoVision. His first experience with Tekken was in the early 90's, and it was Tekken 3 that sealed the deal. True story... As a teenager Zee once received his Winn-Dixie paycheck and spent it all at the arcade the same day. Needless to say, his mother wasn't pleased.

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